The Black Shield of Falworth
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In The Black Shield of Falworth, Tony Curtis woos his real-life bride Janet Leigh, while defending the British throne in a swashbucking tale filled with joust, jests and medieval heroics. The time is England in the reign of King Henry IV. Miles (Curtis) is a headstrong, handsome peasant determined to learn the name of his slain father and discover his true heritage. His fiery ambition and swift sword lead him to the majestic MacWorth Castle. There he must vie for both knighthood as well as the hand of the fair Lady Anne (Leigh), but her love is claimed by the evil, conniving Sir Walter Blount. All the while the English throne is being challenged to the death - from sinister forces within. With its remarkable supporting cast and stunning set design, this is truly an epic tale of which legends are made!
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real life romance.Also it's good to see a very young Barbara Rush.This is a fun swashbuckler and costume drama set in medevil times.This is a Eureka "region free" release so it plays on ALL BLURAY PLAYERS WORLDWIDE! The company is UK- Ireland so please buy this disc to encourage other Universal releases on Bluray.It's sad Universal won't release this in the USA.This print looks great! 1080 clarity and that beautiful
over saturated Technicolor! Good clean family fun for under $20.
If you are one who appreciates a colorful and entertaining romp through the days of kings, knights, knaves, jousts, swordplay, crossbows and arrows, battle axes, peasants, stuffed-shirts and "swaggering fops," then you'll enjoy The Black Shield of Falworth.
The level of acting is appropriate for a film which does not involve and subtle psychological portraits. This is not a snide remark -- this film, like all films, does require actual acting.
I will make two comments on the level of accuracy, but only two, because entertainment, not accuracy, is the point of this film. First, as other reviews note, it shows the rigorous physical training that went into becoming a knight. (This training is important in the development of the character played by Tony Curtis.) Second, as other reviews note, the characters do not speak in a typical British accent. However, neither the modern British accent nor modern English existed in the time when the film is set. This was the era of Chaucer, whose Canterbury Tales begins, "Whan that Aprille with his shoures sote." Would you believe Tony Curtis talking that way? By the way, he doesn't say "Yondah lies da castle of muy faddah", in this film. Maybe in some other film, which is probably just as much fun as this one.
Good supporting cast. Interestig story. I've been on the watch for this movie for some time, always having a warm spot for it, and was happy to see it finally released. Color and transfer are first rate though not the full digital make over of some films, I suspect. Anyway a big thumbs up from this medicare benificiary who enjoyed it 55 years ago and again just recently as I viewed this fine Hollywood effort. Early Cinemascope and the wide screen is used to advantage. No extras on this disk, but it was the movie I was after, and I am well pleased.
OK, the costumes vary from 12th Century through 17th and there are definite historical innacuracies but if you want to watch a "knight in shining armor" movie just to enjoy the romance of the genre, this is an enjoyable romp and the full Cinemascope version, rather than the regular "pan and scan", is filled with small details I've never seen before.
While this version is more expensive, I do consider it worth the price.